Rad Red Amber Ale | Upland Brewing Company

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Rad Red Amber AleRad Red Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wagenvolks on 05-22-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.99%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
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0
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of nicoga3000
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a plain pint glass
Served at the brewpub in Bloomington, for whatever reason this is the only one of their bottled brews that I've never seen in my area.

This beer pours a nice looking red, very clear and a slightly off white head. The smell is very clean, dry and malty. The taste and the smell compliment each other well. The taste is very malty with a complex grain bill, decent bitterness but no notable hop flavor. This is a staple of a red ale. If you like red's this wont treat you wrong.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a nice red body with a nice off-white, thick, dense, 2 finger head that had good retention. Noticeable yeast floating in the body. Some lacing and a thin cap remained throughout.

Bready malty aroma with a slight hint of citrus hops.

A malt bomb, much stronger than anticipated, but exactly what I would expect from a red. The beer had a slight apricot hint to it as well.

Medium body, smooth and easy to drink. A very nice offering from B-town.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber, light reddish hue in the corners, medium sized off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring, nice lacing. Smell is alright, caramel, very citrusy, grapefruity, sweet and sugary, some floral, strawberries, crackers, kind of neat. Taste is alright, caramel and sugary sweetness up front, lightly fruity, citrus, a bit spicy, some grapefruit and biscuit, a little light but nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not too bad.

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Photo of thewimperoo
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DAllspaw
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a solid head with copper color. Decent looking beer. A bit of malt and hops in the nose neither very prominent.

Taste is a bit sweet and tea like tannin aftertaste but a nice easy drinking beer. A filler perhaps in a 12 pack sampler but ok nonetheless.

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Photo of neckbracesub
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of areich6
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Sean9689
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Indy Tasting Room.

A - Pours reddish/copper color, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Light bread, pretty malt-forward with the hops taking a back seat. Not really how I prefer my Red Ales. Could use some more hoppy notes and less malty sweetness.

T - Carmel malty sweetness, light citrus hops, some toasted bread in there as well. Again, too syrupy and malty for me.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, malty finish.

O - Not a Red Ale I would really revisit again. Too much sweetness, too syrupy, and not enough hops. It's just not refreshing and enjoyable, even at 5.6%. Drinks like 8-9%. Right around average for me, and I'm being nice.

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Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of CarterSeaton
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jheiss
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of kbwolfe
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of mbiang
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice medium amber color with nice clarity to it and a small white head on top. Aroma of nice carmael malts and a dose of piney hops. Warming really brought out the sweet notes here, very solid. Nice medium body and very well carbonated. Strong caramel and bready malt undertones were very prominant with hops an afterthought but strong enough to really shine through in the finish. Mild dryness and a smooth, sweet note to finish

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Photo of cagocubs
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a single at a nice liquor store in South Bend, IN. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours substantially red with lots of cloudy sentiment floating around. White clingy head that sticks.

S: Real bready with some citrus and hops.

T: Good hop bite and bready finish. Pine and sweet caramel also present.

M: Medium bodied with great coating.

O: An interesting red/amber that showcases unique traits. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serviceable beer. On the darker reddish side. A story of malt and tart to sour taste. Hopping did not come through. Faint hop in the aroma.Above average carbonation and mineral traces. Earthy, though nothing will executed or worth seeking out. Maple Sugar bar.

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Photo of JamesS
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice amber/ruby-red color with some very nice lacing, and star hints throughout from the backlights; quite nice head. Decent scent, a nice sweet malty aroma on top with a decent hop tinge at the end; very deep. Excellent malty flavors, with nice two row, sweet crystal, and a nice chocolate undertone; finished with a nice semi-citrus and piney hop ending. Goes down very smooth and decently rich. On tap at Indy's Red Lion Grog House.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. There is some suspended sediment. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast/bread, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, hint of roasted malt, and hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight hop, slight pale malt, slight alcohol, hint of roasted malt, and hint of grain. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

Pours a semi-clear reddish/orange color with a decent and long lasting head of light brown foam. Scent has malts mixed with some spices that stand out the most. Tast has a mix of burnt malts and mildly bitter hops to it. A little bit of sweet carmel hints as well. Could be a little heavier in the texture and is just slighty watery. A decent find from a pretty well known Indiana brewery. Can't wait to try more of their stuff!

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Photo of drizzam
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body is a cloudy orange/red color with dark chunks of sediment hanging in suspension. The head is a frothy dimpled almost orangey white in color, about one finger in height with average retention. Spotty lacing presents itself on the inside of my glass as I drink this brew.

S - Sweet malt and bread...a very slight citric hop aroma. Not overly aromatic but what I do get smells good.

T & M - Sweet caramel malt is accompanied by an earthy hop presence that arrives more heavily than the aroma would let on. That bread is there as well, but seems to arrive a little later to the game. Medium bodied, and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

D - Not a bad Amber...better than some I've had but there are many better. Probably not the best offering from Upland but one that could be a decent session brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter rusty orange. Soft beige crown of about finger high stature that settles slowly to a good skim and droopy sheeted lacing stuck about the glass.

Aroma is light of some burntish toffee, buttery bread crust, and airy caramel.

Taste is mediocrely set in about the same tone as the aroma but has a bit more complexity to it. Burntness of toffee and herbal hops kinks in late, by far the best part of the session. Simple and quick buttery front, some crunchy bread tones underneath most of its structure as it developes the nice finish of burntish things; caramel, herbal grassy hops, toffee, toast, and a bit of coffee.

Mild medium body with a bit of harsh undertone it its carbonation which brings in just a nudge of metalic notes as it lingers on the palate. Which gets in the way of the flavors at certain points.

On OK Amber that could be fairly sessionable with pretzels and other slightly salty snacks.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle bottled in January 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber/red color with a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee, bready malt and some light grassy hops. The brew tastes like caramel malt, grassy hops, toasted malt and a little bit of spicy hops. The hop flavors are stronger than I thought they would be, at least in comparison to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. It's also easy to drink. It's a solid amber ale overall, I'd buy this again on occasion. I think it's a nice drinkable brew.

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Photo of hoosier3334
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just an average brew here. Nothing to write home about. This beer was considerably more hoppy than I thought it would be, which really threw me off guard. I actually liked that part of the beer, but to me it just didn't seem like this is what a "red" should be. Upland does put their own spin on things. Seems like a spicier/hoppier version of a fat tire. more carbonation as well. I don't usually get this beer when I go to upland..just a little boring.

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Photo of zrab11
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber color with nice lacing

S-Has a good amber smell to it with some carmel notes with some nuttiness

T-Was better than expected. Has a nice eathy flavor with a good sweetness

M-Light bodied with decent carbonation

D-I haven't had alot of ambers but wasn't excpecting much from this beer. but i can say this is a underated amber. Very good beer with good flavor. will get this again

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Rad Red Amber Ale from Upland Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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